Blue and white tin-glazed earthenware has long been admired and collected for its attractive appearance, but this lecture goes further by examining English delftware with a pharmaceutical purpose. Drawing on examples from collections at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this talk will provide a beginner's guide to these beautiful yet practical vessels. By placing them in their wider historical context, Briony will also demonstrate that delftware drug jars have an undervalued role to play in understanding medical practices in the 17th and 18th centuries.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Ms Briony Hudson
Briony studied History at Cambridge University, and Museums Studies at Leicester University. Having worked at museums as diverse as Hereford Cider Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Wakefield Museum, she moved into medical history in 2002 as Keeper of the Museum Collections at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, then Director of Museums at the Royal College of Surgeons in England, and has worked as an independent curator for a wide range of medical museums and royal colleges. Her publications include books on liquorice, English delftware drug jars, popular historical medicines, and the histories of UCL, Cardiff and Sunderland schools of pharmacy. She is a Past President of the Social History Curators Group, of the London Museums of Health and Medicine network, of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, and of the Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Society of Apothecaries. She currently works part-time as Director of Amersham Museum.